The Golden Age - Chapter 86: Explain It Yourself
After interacting with all kinds of people in Jia Prison, Qin Xiao knew what people were thinking and at what times.
When he first arrived, he knew he must start off by building a good relationship with some of the people of the manor. He smiled, “Brother Fei, thanks for the compliment. I can see that you’re quite a gentlemen, we should talk and hang out more in the future.”
“Of course, of course,” Fei Liang also smiled, “Brother Wang, from now on, just call me, and I’ll try to help you with all of my abilities.”
Qin Xiao quickly nodded, and Fei Liang continued, “Brother Wang, the Eldest Son treats you very differently. You just came, and he’s taking you to Moon Gather House. You should know that if you’re being brought there, then you’re a true brother of the Eldest Son.”
“Looks like I must thank him too,” Qin Xiao replied, “Oh, Brother Fei, what is the Moon Gather House?”
“I’ll show you the way later. It’s not far, just two streets away,” Fei Liang said enthusiastically. “The Moon Gather House is a place to eat and listen to music. Without some wealth or position, you’re not even allowed to go in.”
“The Eldest Son is probably in a bad mood right now,” Fei Liang continued, “I’ve been working for him for two years already. When he’s happy, he’ll drink and eat with Zhao Yi and the others in the manor. But when he’s not happy, he will never stay in the manor. He would always go to the Moon Gather House.”
“Oh?” Qin Xiao asked in confusion, “Why’s that?”
“Because of Master Pang,” replied Fei Liang, “When the Eldest Son’s in a bad mood, he’ll drink all day. If he stays in the manor, Master Pang will tell him not to. But once he gets to the Moon Gather House, no one will stop him from drinking.”
Qin Xiao understood now.
Everything made sense this way. Yuwen Chengchao was just attacked by the Tusun riders. Although he survived, two of his men got killed. His mood right now should be nothing but sad.
Right now he was probably at the Moon Gather House trying to get drunk and forget about this.
“There is a special room in the Moon Gather House just for the Eldest Son,” Fei Liang smiled, “But I’ve only heard of it, I’ve never seen it before. Hehe, Brother Wang, you’re so lucky. You get to go there on the first day you’re here!” He said it full of jealousy.
“Would you like to come with me?” Qin Xiao asked.
Fei Liang quickly waved his hand and smiled again, “Haha, what a funny joke. The Eldest Son only told you to go, that means I shouldn’t come along. Oh, he told you to go there immediately after you’re awake. So let’s stop wasting time here.”
“How many people will be there?”
“It’s only the people who usually follow the Eldest Son everywhere,” Fei Liang replied, “When you were sleeping, Da Peng and Ning Zhifeng also returned.”
Qin Xiao immediately remembered the three of them back in the forest who went in a different direction. Da Peng was one of them. He quickly asked, “How many came back?”
“Two,” Fei Liang sighed. “Eighth Brother Chou hasn’t returned yet. The Eldest Son told me to wait for him too. If he comes back, I’ll tell him to go to the Moon Gather House.”
Huh? Qin Xiao was confused. Those three left together. Since Da Peng came back, that means all of them probably got away from the riders. How come only two came back?
“Did Da Peng and Ning Zhifeng come back together?”
“No,” Fei Liang shook his head, “Ning Zhifeng arrived first. Da Peng arrived about one hour ago.”
Qin Xiao seemed to realize now.
It seems that after Da Peng’s group went to the other side, they separated into three different directions again. Therefore, the Tusun soldiers also had to divide their troops to follow all three of them. This way, each of them only had to deal with a few riders, and with their advantage in the mountains, they should be able to get away.
Originally, Qin Xiao didn’t really want to go to the Moon Gather House. But it wasn’t nice to not show up after an invitation, and he only had minimal wine for the past few days. Since the Moon Gather House is a place for eating and entertainment, there must be lots of good wine and food. It might not be a bad thing to go there and enjoy a few cups.
He followed Fei Liang out of the manor. Fei Liang was a guard, he wasn’t supposed to leave his position. So he explained clear directions to Qin Xiao.
Qin Xiao left the manor and searched for the house according to Fei Liang’s directions.
There were many people on the streets, much more compared to Gui City. Although he changed into a new pair of clothes, it was still made with cloth, just like most of everyone else on the streets. Clothes made of brocade are only for the rich and people with status.
However, once he arrived at the Moon Gather House, it appeared that everyone who was going in and out was wearing brocade1A rich fabric woven with a raised pattern, typically with gold or silver thread. It is expensive and is only worn by rich people and people with high status. robes. Even the ones walking by the house were mainly wearing brocade. After all, this was only a place for rich people.
Qin Xiao walked up to the front doors of the Moon Gather House. The people beside him showed an unwelcoming face after seeing what Qin Xiao was wearing.
The Moon Gather House had three floors. It was made of wood and the front of the building was slightly slanted. A beautiful place like this was not common in the whole Xiling, let alone Fenggan City. It was very well decorated and the outsides looked huge as well.
At this time, the sky was already turning dark and the lanterns were starting to light up.
Beside the front doors stood two servants, smiling and bowing at every customer who entered and left. Qin Xiao walked up to them and wanted to ask which room the Eldest Son was in. But before he even got to them, someone had already grabbed him by his shoulder. Qin Xiao was almost about two turn around and punch him which he normally would, but he controlled himself. After all, things will get complicated if he started hitting these wealthy nobles. He turned around and saw a tall and muscular man holding him.
The main shouted, “Are you blind? Can’t you see the Childe2The child of a noble and wealthy family Ma is coming? Get out and let him pass first.”
Qin Xiao was stunned. At this time, he saw that behind the big man stood a young man wearing a brocade robe and was about thirty years old. Behind him followed three or four servants.
Qin Xiao was held by his shoulders. Although the man wasn’t using full strength, he held Qin Xiao firmly in place.
Qin Xiao was a bit angry, but he forced himself to hold back and smiled. “Please, go ahead.” He said as he stepped aside.
The childe looked at Qin Xiao, and said to the servants in front of the door, “Hey, why don’t you guys do your job right? Is this a place anyone can come in? If a little thief or something, will you guys take responsibility?”
“Young master, please come in,” The servants smiled in apology, “We will be more careful and make sure people don’t sneak in.”
“People sneaking in?”
Childe Ma laughed, “You don’t have to worry about that. Just make sure dogs don’t sneak in.”
The people behind him all laughed, “You’re right! Young master is indeed right. The Moon Gather House is not a place for dogs.” One of them said loudly. While they were saying, they all looked at Qin Xiao, obviously insulting him.
Qin Xiao also smiled, “So that means none of you guys can go in?”
Although he doesn’t want to cause trouble, it was a fact that the other side started insulting him first. A young man must have the arrogance of a young man. Qin Xiao would step back for the first time, but he would not let anyone continue to insult him.
“Young master, is he calling us dogs?” The man who grabbed Qin Xiao’s shoulder earlier yelled immediately.
“How dare you!” Childe Ma was furious and pointed at Qin Xiao. “Bring that piece of shit into the alleys and beat him up! Make sure he can’t stand back up within a month.”
The big and muscular man showed a vicious look, and several others behind Childe Ma also came forward, ready to grab Qin Xiao.
Qin Xiao sneered in his head as he prepared to fight. Suddenly, someone spoke from inside the house, “Childe Ma, who do you want to fight with?” A person walked out. Qin Xiao took a look behind him, the guy looked kind of familiar. Yes, he suddenly remembered, this was none other than one of the people who were with the Eldest Son at the campfire. He was also one of the three who went a different direction from the Eldest Son.
“Fifth Brother Ning,” When Childe Ma saw him, he suddenly placed on a smile and asked, “Are you eating here too?”
With this, Qin Xiao knew that this person must be Ning Zhifeng.
Ning Zhifeng smiled, “Childe Ma, you haven’t answered my question yet. Who are you about to fight with?”
“It’s this nobody,” Childe Ma pointed at Qin Xiao and said angrily, “This piece of shit wanted to sneak into the Moon Gather House and was insulting me. I must skin him alive today.”
Ning Zhifeng sighed, “Moon Gather House is a public place. As long as you have silver, you can enter. Why do you claim he’s sneaking in? I think this little brother looks like a good man. Why is he insulting you?”
Childe Ma was taken back for a moment. He did not expect Ning Zhifeng to stand up for a random person on the streets.
Ning Zhifeng stopped looking at Childe Ma and turned to Qin Xiao, “Brother Wang, the Eldest Son has been waiting for you inside. He knows that you love wine as well, so we prepared the best wine in all of Fenggan City. Please come inside with me,” He reached out and friendly grabbed Qin Xiao’s wrist, and then brought him inside.
Childe Ma and the others stood there and watched, not believing what they were seeing.
“Oh, by the way, I’m not sure how to handle this really well,” After stepping into the doors with Qin Xiao, Ning Zhifeng seemed to remember something and looked back. “The Eldest Son is inside. You guys insulted his guest, I’m not quite sure what to do. I think it’s best if you go in and explain it yourself. The Eldest Son is not in a good mood right now, so be careful when you speak.” He smiled and left one last sentence, “You know who I’m talking about and what room he’s in.”
Childe Ma’s face immediately turned pale. He lost his balance and fell towards the floor. Fortunately, one of his men caught him before he fell, and prevented him from fainting in front of everyone.
Translate by: UnderTheMoon
- 1A rich fabric woven with a raised pattern, typically with gold or silver thread. It is expensive and is only worn by rich people and people with high status.
- 2The child of a noble and wealthy family